Hamas militants take part in a protest 370 .
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Hamas officials on Tuesday expressed relief over the failure of calls to stage
mass protests against the Islamist movement in the Gaza Strip.
an anonymous group, had called on Palestinians to revolt against Hamas on
November 11. It received its inspiration from the Egyptian Tamarod movement,
which launched mass protests that eventually brought down the regime of
president Mohammed Morsi earlier this year.
The anti-Hamas group
published a number of videotapes and leaflets urging Palestinians in the Gaza
Strip to rise up. It vowed to end Hamas’s rule on November 11 – a day that
passed peacefully and without any protest against the Islamist
The date coincided with the ninth anniversary of the death of
Hamas banned all rallies to commemorate Arafat out of fear
that they would be used by Tamarod to initiate a revolt.
Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday praised residents of the Gaza Strip for refusing to
heed the group’s calls. He called the Tamarod phenomenon a “conspiracy” by
outside powers against the Palestinians and his government.
Over the past
few weeks, Hamas security forces have arrested dozens of Palestinians, including
journalists, on suspicion of involvement with the group. Some officials have
claimed that it is an arm of Egyptian intelligence and the Fatah faction of
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
The Hamas Interior
Ministry, which is responsible for security, said in a statement that it would
not allow “chaos and anarchy” to return to the Gaza Strip.
conspired against the Gaza Strip have been dealt a severe blow,” the statement
The ministry accused Israel and its “collaborators” in the Gaza
Strip of standing behind Tamarod.
Hamas spokesmen said that the fact that
nothing happened on November 11 proved that Tamarod was nothing but a “hoax.”